Police: trouble with numbers

Posted by Tim Ireland at May 25, 2006

Category: The War on Stupid

This entry was posted on
Thursday, May 25th, 2006
7:14 pm and is filed
under The War on Stupid.

The Met certainly have difficulty when it comes to math. Like when a million people turn up to a peace march and they claim only 100,000 were there. Or when 50 or so police turn up to shut down a single protestor, and we’re told that it was ‘more like 25’.


Daily Mail – Met criticised for sending 78 officers to protester raid: It emerged today that 78 officers had been involved and the operation had cost 7,200 pounds – 3,000 pounds on overtime and another 4,200 pounds on transport, catering and the erection of road signs. A row over the raid erupted today at a meeting of the Metropolitan Police Authority, the body which oversees Scotland Yard, with one member suggesting it had brought the force into “disrepute”. Another said it gave the impression, around the world, that Britain was “suppressing dissent by people opposed to the Iraq war”.

No!! Really?! Now where would they get a stupid idea like that?

UPDATE – It now turns out that they’ve been fibbing about the full cost of the exercise…. over 27 grand.


  1. Garry says

    The use of 78 police officers to carry out this “operation” might best be considered in the context of the reasons why we won’t be having a public inquiry into the London bombings.As Hazel Blears put it, we wouldn’t want to “divert the attention of our police and security services during a time when they were (and still are) actively engaged in the investigation into the events of 7th and 21st July and the detection and prevention of further atrocities.”(From Blairwatch)Priorities, priorities…

  2. Manic says

    Add to this Blair forgoing his police escort so he could avoid a few bells and whistles, and it all starts to look like a bit of a sham….

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